May 26, 2010 1:46pm
I Love Me Some Morning Dew!!!
I'm sitting here at work listening to 12/31/81 and I'm reminded why I love this song so much!!
To me, it was, when done right (which was most of the time), the best and most beautiful of Jerry's post drums tunes.
Don't get me wrong, I love Wharf Rat, Stella Blue, GDTRFB, Black Peter etc, but none of these get to me like a good Dew.
When it was done right it was an emotional roller coaster.
Here's what makes a great Dew for me.
1) I like my Dews slow.
2) I like a Dew that, vocally, starts out kinda sad and builds as the verses are sung, to an almost angry climax ("I can't walk you out in the Morning Dew today!)
3) I love an intense angry jam on the first solo.
4) The final solo should start out slow and sweet again, with a sad begining that just builds and builds to another angry climax.
I've listened to countless versions, and most of them are very good to exceptional but the one from the Greek 9/11/81 is the one that I find myself returning to the most.
The first solo, Jerry just rips, and you can hear the crowd erupt and egg him on. It seems like Jerry feeds off the crowd as the jam gets more intense.
The second jam is absolutely exquisite, with Jerry starting out playing really softly and slow. You can feel the emotion just build from the sad start to an angry climax.
The only mistake is at the end when Jerry comes in for his final line a half beat early, but hey, it wouldn't be a Grateful Dead tune without a wart or two.http://tinyurl.com/3acvb5w
This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2010-05-26 20:46:37
May 27, 2010 12:35am
Re: I Love Me Some Morning Dew!!!
This Dew might work for you. Always did it for me. Second set opener 11/8/70.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-11-08.aud.lee.pcrp.26975.shnf
He really wrings every bit of those emotions out of that song, both musically and vocally, especially at the climax:
"I guess it DOESN'T MATTTTUUHHH ANY WAAAYYY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAYYYY"!!!
Here are the show's notes:
"Ken & Judy Lee Proudly Present:
The Port Chester Resurrection Project
New Riders of The Purple Sage
Capitol Thea., Port Chester NY
November 8th 1970
This is a very special release from Ken and Judy Lee. It serves as a
commemoration of Mark Cohens' 2nd anniversary in heaven.
Mark was a great friend, and a big part of the Dead community. And it
is to him that this project is dedicated, and to whom we owe a huge
debt of gratitude. If not for Marks love of music, and love of this
band in particular, we would never had known about the Lees' Port
Chester archive. Outside of a few other brave souls known to have taped
shows at this fantastic venue, Ken and Judys' work from the Capitol
Theatre stands as the ultimate body of documentation. And if not for
Marks insistance that these shows be "liberated", much of what has
previously circulated would never had been heard, and this show was one
of his favorites.
This show is a keystone of the Grateful Dead, one of those shows that
really makes you wonder, and gives you pause. A show of firsts and
lasts, and when it was all said and done, had laid to rest some old
lexicons, and created a whole new set of criteria by which the band
would be judged. Truly one of the legendary Grateful Dead shows. The
Dead had a way of continually redefining themselves, in terms of
performance, and this show buries the sixties and propels them into the
seventies. (Much like the benchmark show at Lewiston, Maine 9-6-80
redifined them for the Eighties)
This is the last official acoustic set of the 70's. Besides an improptu
set in 1978, most of the songs performed acoustically would not see the
light of day again untill the fall of 1980, when they were showcased at
the 10 night run at the Warfield in San Francisco, and 8 nights at NY's
Radio City Music Hall. The final "Operator", and "Wake Up Little
Suzie", Mystery Train> My Babe (only time played), New Orleans>
Searchin', Main Ten (last time played), all standout in this
performance, and then like a dream, are gone. Around and Around (first
time played), and a long stretch before you hear "Baby Blue" again.
This release also includes the complete New Riders set, known to
circulate only as a fragment.
Heres the complete setlist...
Disc One - Acoustic Set -
02) Dire Wolf
03) I Know You Rider
04) Dark Hollow
05) Rosalie McFall
06) El Paso
07) Operator (Final time played)
09) Friend Of The Devil
10) Wake Up, Little Suzie (Final time played)
11) Uncle John's Band
Disc Two - NRPS -
02) Six Days On The Road
04) Whatcha Gonna Do
05) Glendale Train
06) All I Ever Wanted
07) Fair Chance To Know
08) Portland Woman
10)Truck Drivin' Man
11) Last Lonely Eagle
12) Louisiana Lady
13) Honky Tonk Women
Disc Three - Electric Dead -
02) Morning Dew
03) Me And My Uncle
04) Mystery Train (Only time played)
05) >My Babe (Only time played)
06) Around And Around (First time played)
07) New Orleans
09)>It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
10) Casey Jones
Disc Four - Electric Dead -
02)>Dark Star (First verse only)
03)>The Main Ten (Final time played)
04)>Dancin' In The Streets
05)>Not Fade Away
06)>Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
07)>Not Fade Away
Technical Notes: The original audience master cassettes (4 Ampex
C361-90) were recorded on a Sony TC124 with unknown dynamic mics,
spread approx. 25-30 ft. across the balcony, by Ken & Judy Lee,. The
cassette tape was baked and re-shelled, then transfered via Tascam 122
MK-III > Lucid ADA1000 > Tascam DA30-II (DAT) > Tascam CDRW 700 (CDR)
by John Jay Hance. Editing By Peter G. via Soundforge. No noise
reduction was applied. Audio extraction and further editing via Peak
4.0, compressed to .shn with xACT 1.3, and seeded by BoldCaptain via
Tape flutter in Baby Blue, and in Truckin'. Tape flip in Dancin' In The
Streets was was seemlessly pieced together.
Yet another reMARKable recording by Ken & Judy Lee.
A Special Thank You goes out to:
Peter G, Bold Captain, Lisa Biasi, Anne Cohen, Joe Jupille,
Torbjorn Olofsson, Jim Parzych,Rich Brunjes(yubah)."
This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2010-05-27 07:35:50